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How to flash the custom VIBE ROM on the Lenovo A850 from recovery

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In this tutorial we’re showing you how to install a custom ROM on the Lenovo A850 from the Android recovery software.

The ROM we’re trying out today is the VIBE ROM which is based on Android 4.2.2 and ported from a Lenovo S160 ROM. Its benefits are that it is rooted and is a minimalistic choice with all Google apps apart from the Play Store removed as well as others so you can have a completely custom set-up. It also fixes some errors in the standard ROM and, importantly, adds the ability to move apps to the SD card.

Before we start though, a disclaimer: by flashing over USB or installing custom ROMs, you may be voiding your warranty. We take no responsibility if your phone is damaged or bricked by following these instructions. Always backup your phone before altering its software in any way.

There are two main steps to this tutorial. Firstly, you need to use Flashtool to directly flash the Lenovo Offical English S123 ROM. This includes the ClockWodMod custom recovery which will then allow you to flash across VIBE ROM. Secondly, once you have flashed the S123 ROM via USB, you can use recovery to directly flash the VIBE ROM (or other custom ROMs) without needing to connect your phone to a computer and use the Flashtool.

Initially, you need to make sure you have installed the Lenovo USB drivers. Download the drivers and the Flashtool as well as the ROM file itself. It’s important that you ensure you are using the exact version of Flashtool we’ve included here (v3.1320.0.163) as other versions might not work.

If you don’t have them on your computer already, you need to install the Lenovo USB drivers. First turn off the phone (don’t use the quick boot option) and take out the battery. Open up Device Manager and plug the phone in via USB – be ready to quickly right click on the device that appear and choose “Update driver”. Using the wizard, select the drivers you downloaded previously. If you are having issues, installing the drivers, use USBDview to ensure that you have deleted any existing MediaTek USB drivers that might be on your computer.

Next, unzip the S123 ROM file and make sure you can open Flashtool on your computer. You will also want to ensure that you’ve copied the VIBE ROM zip (don’t extract it) to your phone whether it’s on the internal memory or an external SD card. Then you’ll be ready to start following the instructions in the tutorial video below.

If you have already followed our tutorial to install the custom S123 ROM on your phone, as long as you have the VIBE ROM zip on your phone, you can skip the first section and jump straight to flashing it from recovery.

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All the downloads you need to follow this tutorial are linked here:

Part One
Flashtool + Lenovo USB drivers
Lenovo Offical English S123 ROM (v.2.3.5a)

Part Two

How did you find our tutorial for flashing the VIBE ROM from recovery? And what are your thoughts on the ROM itself? What are your favourite and least-favourite aspects? Let us know!

by Jon M

72 Responses to “How to flash the custom VIBE ROM on the Lenovo A850 from recovery”

  1. Suzzo 6 July 2016 at 17:36 Permalink

    after flsahing the phone in recovery mode i cant install VIBE ROM it says ‘installation aborted’ please tell me any solution

  2. Upendra 27 June 2016 at 09:30 Permalink

    I Installed the Rom S123, copy the Vibe rom to SD card, with hard booting I found the file in my sd card, but when I select it. installation is starts but after few second I got massage ” Installation aborted” I have to reboot. phone is working ok. but cant install Vibe Rom. Can anybody solve this problem

  3. Neal 20 June 2016 at 12:42 Permalink

    Uhhhh I installed the s123 and vibe ui rom om my lenovo a850 and never used it because everytime i play a video on any app it just shows a black screen and audio of the video, how do i fix this pls help

  4. happyman 21 February 2016 at 13:50 Permalink

    I have followed your tutorial to flash my lenovo a850 to s123 rom. my phone is ok bau no screen touch and volume up don’t work too so I cannont go to CMW
    happymancan you help me plz

  5. Amy 15 January 2016 at 18:05 Permalink

    Why after i click on “format” box, the screen show pop up show format option between auto or manual.? Still confused. Please help me. Tq

  6. stfhanie 31 October 2015 at 02:13 Permalink

    hi! so I flashed first the “Lenovo Offical English S123 ROM” but it doesn’t have cwm anywhere and everything is not up to date and it says that my sim is but it doesn’t send messages or calls nor does it pick up the wifi

  7. adzlan 4 August 2015 at 21:21 Permalink

    after.install vibe room then reboot my phone it is stuck in first logo for hours,please help

  8. adzlan 4 August 2015 at 21:02 Permalink

    give me link recovery,my recovery wont change after flahing

  9. adzlan 4 August 2015 at 20:46 Permalink

    help,after flash via flashtool why my recovery is lenovo recovery? not a cwm

  10. Mohd Shahrul Nizam 25 July 2015 at 09:57 Permalink

    Hello sir, I have lenovo A850…But it have a problem.. it wont turn on when i’m switch on the phone… when i’m charge the phone, the light(redlight-charging lamp) on phone also no come out..if i’m unplagged the battery, the charging lamp(red light) will come out…
    can you help me with this….

  11. max 18 April 2015 at 18:40 Permalink

    hey..idont have this package to install zip file, after rebooting , u have a solution ?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 19 April 2015 at 20:52 Permalink

      Where did you download it to?

    • arelong 28 April 2015 at 19:43 Permalink

      Batter use this rom.. so far no problem when use this rom.. try search VIBEROM_V1.0_1415_ST_A850_04105 .. in china vibe website..

  12. mukmin 28 March 2015 at 13:18 Permalink

    hello…i sue rom s203…is that any side effect if i use this s123 rom ?

    • rupam rai 8 November 2015 at 23:39 Permalink

      hello mukmin did u tried it on s203, i have s203

  13. Sonny 24 March 2015 at 23:37 Permalink

    Hi Sir, may I request for lenovo a850+ scatter file please?.
    I got my phone bricked and cannot re-create the scatter file.

    Thanks in advance.

  14. adli 23 March 2015 at 15:05 Permalink

    sir, why can’t i turn my phone on after doing all the steps u give?

  15. satish 11 March 2015 at 01:53 Permalink

    sir i accidentally pressed format andnow my internal memory is detected only as 1.25gB can you help? thankyou

  16. Eijad stewart 15 January 2015 at 08:08 Permalink

    I have Lenovo A850,but I not understand ,how to flash the custom Vibe,can you teach me how to flashtool it,step by step….Thank you.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 15 January 2015 at 12:38 Permalink

      Have you watched the step-by-step video?

      • Eijad Stewart 15 January 2015 at 20:20 Permalink

        Yes,but I cannot find the android scatter..cau you send email that scatter file…

        • Eijad Stewart 15 January 2015 at 20:22 Permalink

          I hoprhope you will send to me the scatter file,but my phone lenovo A850have rooted, may it?

  17. RAKESH sangram 30 November 2014 at 11:59 Permalink

    Camera not working, i can’t see the video only audio coming, now wat should i do sir… Help mee

  18. Landras 29 November 2014 at 10:24 Permalink

    after flsahing the phone in recovery mode i cant install VIBE ROM it says ‘installation aborted’any solution?

  19. shaatis 23 November 2014 at 02:40 Permalink

    After i flash Lenovo Offical English S123 ROM (v.2.3.5a)
    in my Lenovo A850,
    I cannot turn on my phone

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 November 2014 at 23:41 Permalink

      Did it flash successfully? Try doing it again.

      • JJ 11 December 2014 at 23:17 Permalink

        Thank you for the wonderful tutorial

        I flashed successfully but the phone won’t turn on, the phone turns to be a850i

        I would really appreciate it if you can give me any ideas to unbrick it as it’s for my father in law :-s

  20. arelong 25 October 2014 at 20:14 Permalink

    why my recovery mode not same with in video when i finish flash s123 rom…? still Recovery: 3e Lenovo (Stock)

  21. Chieftaind 23 September 2014 at 11:45 Permalink

    Hi…I have followed your tutorial and manage to flash my lenovo a850 to s123 rom. However when I go to recovery mode I am unable to install Vibe Rom which I have put earlier in my says ‘installation aborted’..any solution?

  22. Venom 21 September 2014 at 23:52 Permalink

    I have some problem with lenovo a850 when i instal any rom with cmw or twrp thay remains freeze on Lenovo boot screen , but when i use flash tools all is normal what is the problem please tell me.

  23. Akif 19 September 2014 at 08:02 Permalink

    Hey. Can i install this rom in my lenovo a850i ?

  24. we 28 August 2014 at 11:35 Permalink

    where to download and unzip the ROM. can u give? like the tutorial

  25. Uniqueoneman 26 August 2014 at 09:28 Permalink

    Hi, I have a problem with lenovo s850. I have uninstalled some programs from phone and after the restart of phone I have got the security problem. I tried fabric restart, to flash the phone, but anything does not take effect on it. How can I solve that problem??The phone is rooted so I installed some programs back and made them system app but that does not work to. The ROM is Vibe 2. I have send you DM on Twitter. Thank you!

  26. mattyahs 7 August 2014 at 07:05 Permalink

    i got a problem….after flashing the rom…i want to reboot..but it says root missing…whats happening?….i did root my phone..using ur step also…so help me…

  27. mattyahs 6 August 2014 at 11:23 Permalink

    hi,i have a problem….i have download the flashtool+lenovo usb drivers and the lenovo officals english s123 rom….i have a question….wich flashtool i should use?….the one on the rom zip or the flashtools+usb driver zip?….

  28. ahchai 3 August 2014 at 14:19 Permalink

    hi…please fix the camera….

  29. judean 8 July 2014 at 08:44 Permalink

    Do the camera bug have been fixed?
    when the update will be realeased

  30. MuiZ 4 July 2014 at 13:08 Permalink

    Hey… I was installed this vibe rom.. It’s work vey well… But there is one problem… I could play the video but the video was blank the audio of the vdeo works… What should i do to fix this problem ??

  31. Mu'izz 4 July 2014 at 03:16 Permalink

    Hello.. I was installed this rom in my phone… thanks.. it is works… but, there is problem with my Super User… I was tried to Install it by normal also in Recovery mod.. unfortunately, it was an error.. What a thing that I should do to get back this super user..

  32. LOL 24 June 2014 at 08:12 Permalink

    Hi sir may i ask is that got the latest version that have been fix the camera bug? cause i just install the rom that u have provide in this page but camera still having a bug -_- pls help other thing is perfect

  33. rpaesani 17 June 2014 at 05:55 Permalink

    the camera problem was solved?

  34. Loyalty 13 June 2014 at 05:14 Permalink

    I think its a shame that you would come here and fix links dat redirect one to useless advertising. if u want to help, just help.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 13 June 2014 at 16:02 Permalink

      If you can provide hosting or cover our costs we wouldn’t need to use these free file hosts. Alternatively, just install Adblock Plus.

  35. tom 17 May 2014 at 14:25 Permalink

    load pass will not allow me to download rom.
    am I doing something wrong??

    • Mobile Network Comparison 6 June 2014 at 14:13 Permalink

      Please check the links again. All should be reuploaded and fixed. If something’s still not working, please give us the broken URL, the file it should link to and copy and paste any error messages you see. Thanks 🙂

  36. aungzaw htwe 11 May 2014 at 06:22 Permalink

    hi sir how are you?
    i have lenovo s930 version 4.2.2
    now i see from they have a news version kitkat
    v-4.4.2 so i want to upgrade firmware .i don’t know how to flash my
    phone so i need help from you. please teach me .how to upgread firmware
    i am already download kitkat rom 4.4.2 please help me
    i will hope your answer
    thank you

  37. gmark247 16 April 2014 at 10:51 Permalink

    None of the download links arent working for the Lenovo s123 rom

    • Mobile Network Comparison 6 June 2014 at 14:13 Permalink

      Please check the links again. All should be reuploaded and fixed. If something’s still not working, please give us the broken URL, the file it should link to and copy and paste any error messages you see. Thanks 🙂

  38. adihisyam 10 April 2014 at 11:33 Permalink

    is there an update from the dev. about the camera problem?

  39. kimshariff 17 March 2014 at 06:45 Permalink

    can you show me how to solve the problem of camera?

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